Paul William Sahli


(Sept. 15, 2009)

Paul William Sahli, 84, died Sept. 15 at Powell Valley Care Center.

Paul was born Sept. 29, 1924 to Wilfred and Vesta Sahli. He grew up in Lawndale, Calif., with four brothers and a sister. He graduated from 12th grade. In his early 20s, he loved to roller skate and almost went pro. He served in the Navy from 1941-43. He was a welder and owned his business, Ornamental Iron Craft, for most of his adult life.

He met the love of his life, Dorothy Muller, at a ballroom dance at the Biltmore Hotel. Paul said he saw a beautiful redhead across the dance floor, and he was going to marry her. On Dec. 28, 1954, Paul and Dorothy were married in St. Albans, New York.

The couple lived in Garden Grove, Calif., where they raised four children, three sons and a daughter. Paul served on the board of trustees at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for 40 years. He and Dorothy both enjoyed bowling and were members of the church league.

Paul and Dorothy moved to Powell in 2004 to be near their daughter when Dorothy’s health began to fail. Until the end, Paul stayed by Dorothy’s side and helped her in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Powell; sons Andy Sahli (Joy) and Craig Sahli, both of California; daughter Barbara Meredith (Brad) of Powell; seven grandchildren, Alison, Erica, Lauren, Bryce and Shea of California, and Jessica and Zachary of Powell; brothers Charlie and Jack Sahli of California; and a sister, Elaine Sahli, also of California

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Sahli; and his brothers Bruce and Fred Sahli.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and a funeral service has taken place.